After I put on foundation, I always start my makeup look with the eyes. I put on eye color first because it helps me to set up the rest of the colors that I will use on my face. I am sure that you have heard that eyes are the windows to the soul, and how you dress them is very important.
Doing eye makeup for me is the most fun part of making up my face because there are so many ways to dress the eyes! I will show you some ways of doing your eye makeup, but let’s begin with some basic steps:
- Make sure that you have already applied your foundation AND that you have the right shade for your skin tone.
- Choose at least two colors that you will use on your eyes, a dark color and a light color. I know that there are some women who like to wear one color on their eyes, but with at least two colors you can provide more definition and shape to your eyes. (Need help choosing colors? Click here!)
- Use eye primer before you apply any eye colors! This is an essential step to creating a flawless look. And here’s why…
Eye primer extends the wear of your eye color and prevents the color from creasing and smudging. Usually we apply our makeup in the morning before we leave the house. However, certain conditions, i.e. hot or humid weather, sweating, and oily skin can cause your eye makeup to crease and smudge.
If you want a flawless look that will last the whole day, then eye primer is your best friend!
A great eye primer contains ingredients such as talc, which is: (a) an anti-caking agent that keeps loose powders free-flowing and helps pressed powders retain good application; (b) an aesthetics enhancer that enhances the application characteristics and texture of your eye color; (c) an opacifier that increases coverage and reduces transparency of colors; (d) an oil absorber that absorbs excess oils that may be present; and (e) lastly a conditioner which improves the appearance of skin by giving it a soft and smooth look.
To apply your eye primer, place a small amount on your eyelid prior to putting on eye color. Blend gently using your fingertip. Do not rub or pull on your eyes!
Once you have your eye primer on, it’s time for some eye color. Let’s talk about a quick and natural eye makeup look that you can use for both professional and casual settings.
Do you have your dark and light eye colors ready? Great! Let’s begin…
- Pick up an eye sponge applicator and on one side of the sponge, apply the dark eye color to your eyelid area.
- On the other side of the sponge applicator, apply the eye light color from your browline down to the crease of the eye (right where you applied the dark color).
- To blend the two colors together, pick up an eye brush applicator, lightly brush it on the light eye color, and with a downward motion apply the color from the browline down to the tip of the lid (right above your eyelashes) over the dark color. (An eye brush is a great way to help you blend your eye colors.)
- Next, apply eyeliner right above your eye lashes. For a natural look, use either brown or black for the color of your eyeliner.
Tip: If the dark and light eye colors that you chose create too much of a contrast (for example, you chose a bright white color and a jet black color) you may need to use a medium color to tone it down. Using your eye brush take a medium color, one that is close to your skin tone for example, and apply it from browline down to your eye lashes. This will decrease the contrast so that your eye color looks more blended and natural.
There are, of course, hundreds of ways to make up your eyes. What I have described above is a quick and natural look that is especially useful for the ladies who tend to be on the run.
Stay tuned for more eye makeup ideas. Don’t forget to put your eye primer on first!
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